A Luxe, Garden-Inspired Wedding at Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana

Margaret Ponader (26 and a behavioral consultant) and Todd Haylon (26 and a management consultant) met while sitting around a bonfire during their junior year of at Hamilton College. “I looked to Todd, who was conveniently sitting behind me, for permission to use his knees as my backrest; needless to say, I felt very comfortable with him from day one,” Margaret says. After a ceremony at the beautiful Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana—the same church where Margaret’s parents were married and where Margaret attended school—guests gathered at Indiana State Museum for dinner and dancing. “Todd and I wanted a venue that offered lots of light, and we loved the museum's large modern interior,” she says. They hired local planner Lori Solomon of Boldly Chic Events to help bring the outdoors in. An elegant garden vision was achieved through a palette of cream and green, custom farm tables created with local reclaimed barn wood and an elegant, dramatic pergola. Local florist David Stroymeyer described their wedding as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Napa.” Says Margaret, “We wanted the venue to feel lush and romantic with lots of greenery.” It was important to Margaret, a pescatarian, to offer a delicious vegetarian option—“no pasta with red sauce and overcooked veggies,” she says—so they went with cassoulet of lentils and vegetables bundled in Napa cabbage, placed on stacked grilled vegetables and served on mushroom and Parmesan risotto (there were sea bass and New York strip options as well). Other local elements included beer from Sun King Brewery, bite-size desserts from Circle City Sweets and live music from Midwest band Bluewater Kings. Out-of-town guests received treat bags that included Sun King beer, locally made Broad Ripple chips and custom M&Ms in the blue and cream colors of the couple’s alma mater. From the tiniest details (including a DIY “In Sickness and in Health” hangover kit in the welcome bags) to the biggest details, Margaret says urges couples to stop stressing, trust their professionals and just enjoyed themselves. "It will be a magical day no matter what,” she adds. —Chrissy Sorenson